Five to ten % of our clients already do this regularly (as we do) but for those of you who don’t we wanted to throw out an idea to you today to consider for some of your Future Vacations.
Now, in case you’re wondering what the heck we’re talking about, here’s an example:
In July, 2015 we flew to France & we did this 7 night “Paris & Normandy” River Cruise… one day after that Cruise ended we got on a 7 night “Bordeaux” River Cruise… the same day we finished that Cruise we got on a 7 night “Burgundy & Provence” River Cruise.
So, we did 3 back to back to back River Cruises plus we spent a few days in Paris before Cruise # 1.
Later this year we’re spending a week in Switzerland doing some hiking in the Mountains with Shawn’s sister & partner and since we are there we also decided to add on this Southern France River Cruise followed by this Tauck “Small Ship” Ocean Cruise in Venice & Croatia.
Here are a few reasons why we have done MANY back to back Cruises & Land Tours:
This is one of the biggest reasons we do trips like this year after year. It helps us get the BEST value out of our airfare!
As we all know, airfare isn’t cheap! Let’s say you spend $1,200 per person to fly to France to do the Paris & Normandy trip. Then, 2 years later you fly over to do the Bordeaux trip. Then, 2 years later you fly over to do the Burgundy & Provence trip.
That means to do these 3 cruises you’ve spent $3,600 per person in airfare rather than $1,200 once… financially, that makes sense to us to save $4,800 per couple.
And it’s an even bigger savings for people like us who always fly Business Class to Europe & spend $3,000-$3,500 per person for each flight… we’re saving $12,000-14,000 between us by doing multiple trips during 1 Vacation rather then doing these trips separately in different years.
So, if you know you’re going to do certain itineraries for sure within the next 5-10 years consider doing some of them at the same time to keep A LOT of money in your pocket rather then the airline’s so you can take that money & buy yourself an extra trip with those savings! 🙂
2. It makes the jet lag WAAY easier.
Maybe you’ve never flown to Europe, Asia or Africa and don’t realize what it’s like but jet lag is a REAL thing!! And we’ve tried everything to have it not affect us but in our experience time is the only cure. So, rather then fly to Europe or some other far off place for a week and to have to turn around & come back home (just after getting over the jet lag) to another big time-zone difference, why not stay an extra week or two or three & see how nice things get once you’d been living in an area for a couple of weeks+ and not be tired… it’s a real plus!
Our normal habit is we fly in at least 1-5 days early before our first Cruise or organized Land Tour (so we’re rested & relaxed by the time we start) & then ideally we stay in the area for 3 weeks or more… it truly makes our trips better as we’re not simply landing somewhere far off for 7 days, only to be tired for a good 1/2 of it!
3. We truly GET into Vacation mode!!
Again & again & again we hear people who go somewhere for a week say they wished they could have stayed longer… they tell us they finally get relaxed after being away from work/their normal routine, etc. for a week and then next thing they know they have to get back on a plane to go home… and they tell us they could literally cry.
Funny they say that as years ago MOST of our trips were 1 week long and we literally did cry on the final evenings as we couldn’t believe we had to turn around & go home already.
But these days, after being away for 3-5 weeks, we’re ready to go home after being away for a long time as we begin to miss some of our familiar things… it’s a good mix though, we don’t feel we’ve been away too long nor too little as we really did get into Vacation mode for the right amount of time!!
4. Earlier we mentioned saving money on airfare… there’s usually several other areas where we save $ when we do these big back to back to back trips.
Insurance for example can sometimes be not a whole lot more money when you go for longer… for example, we have A LOT of clients do back to back trips with Tauck & they only charge them insurance on one of their trips & it covers them all… they can literally pay $599 per person in insurance for $20,000 per person worth of trips which is super cheap as that’s only 3% each for something that can easily cost 10% or more!
Parking is another thing we save money on… where we park at the Airport it’s $150 whether we go for 1 week or 1 month or longer so rather then pay $450 for 3 different Cruises at 3 different times we pay $150 once for the same 3 Cruises when we do them back to back.
Even things like SIM cards for our phone that we may pick up in other countries… many of them give us 30 days of access so why only use it for a week if you’re paying for a month!
Clothes… why buy that fancy dress to only wear it once on your Vacation when you can wear it 3 times… remember, if you do back to back to back Cruises for example, like we did in France, you only need 1 week’s worth of clothes since you’re only seeing fellow guests for a week at the most as most of them didn’t read this blog post so are only taking the 1 Cruise with you!! 🙂
Anyways, we’re sure you can think of other ways you’ll save money too but the overall point of this post is consider doing some back to back Cruises and/or Land Tours on your next trip to save money on airfare & other expenses & to make your jet-lag easier & to really get into Vacation mode!
And, for those of you who have this philosophy too and already do trips like this, let us know what benefits we’re forgetting so we can add them into this post! 🙂
Now, if you’ve never done this before and want some examples of back to back trip ideas, here’s some to consider:
1. As mentioned earlier a Paris & Normandy River Cruise followed by a Bordeaux River Cruise followed by a Burgundy & Provence River Cruise is a CLASSIC example!! And of course, you can do them in any order you prefer! 🙂
3. An Eastern & Western Caribbean Cruise
12. A Transatlantic Cruise from New York combined with ANY of dozens of options of Europe Ocean Cruises, River Cruises or Land Tours
The above are literally just a FEW ideas compared to the dozens & dozens of them you can combine together!!
If this idea of doing back to back Cruises and/or Land Tours really appeals to you simply let Shawn know the next 5-6 places you’d really like to visit & see if he can come up with a smart way for you to join 1-2 of them (or more) together.
We appreciate you!
Nancy & Shawn
Your Trusted Cruise Experts!